With guys like The Rock and Brock Lesnar being part are they subjected to WWE Wellness Tests like that of full-time talent?
I have traditionally been a defender of the WWE Wellness Policy but following the recent suspension of Rey Mysterio, I have several questions about its validity. Mysterio was tested on February 13, 2012 yet his suspension wasn’t announced until April 26, 2012. If the company knew he had tested positive, why did they still push him to return at Wrestlemania XXVIII? Why was a spot left open for him on the card and when it was determined he couldn’t go, he was later suspended? The prescription loophole in WWE’s Wellness Program has been well-documented but when things like what happened to Mysterio happen, it makes me want to see more transparency. Back to your question, I’m sure WWE would claim stars like The Rock and Brock Lesnar are subject to their testing but do you see WWE suspending their $5 million guy? I don’t.
What is the reason for WWE putting the profiles of Stephanie and Shane McMahon in their Alumni section?
I don’t know if there was a specific reason why the profiles of Stephanie and Shane McMahon were added but one of the most over analyzed sections of dot com is their profile section. WWE is blowing up the addition of the two McMahon kids but I don’t find the additions particularly newsworthy. I have been reading Chris Jericho’s “Undisputed” book lately and it makes me miss Stephanie McMahon’s “billion dollar princess” gimmick.
What was the first breaking news story the website shared? What was the most important in your opinion?
My company purchased WrestlingNewsWorld.com in February 2003 and while I have ran the website since, my career as an insider didn’t begin until May 2007 when I graduated college and determined I wanted to pursue a career as a pro wrestling journalist on a full-time basis. The first story I had the unfortunate responsibility to cover as a full-timer was the Chris Benoit tragedy and I can tell you it was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Our first big breaking story was in January 2008 when Bobby Lashley called our office to let us know he had quit WWE. Since then, we have had the privilege of breaking more stories than any other pro wrestling publication. From 2009-2010, we posted the outcomes of several WWE pay-per-views the afternoon of the show, including breaking the news of Edge’s return to WWE at Royal Rumble 2010 in that he would be the winner. It didn’t take long for WWE to catch us leaking PPV results and we had to stop posting match outcomes prior to the shows. In 2011, we were the first publication to break the biggest news of the year that The Rock had agreed to terms to return to WWE as the guest host of Wrestlemania XXVII. So far this year, we broke the top matches for Wrestlemania XXVIII in early January, including the news of The Undertaker vs. Triple H II with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee and CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho. We were also all over the Brock Lesnar to WWE story, breaking details about the negotiations as they happened. I credit all of our success to our loyal readers that have supported us since day one. Without you, none of this would be possible.
Quoting your story on Brooke Hogan’s new job with TNA, “Her duties will be to help up-and-coming talent develop their characters, assist with promos and even consult on entrance music.” What are Brook Hogan’s qualifications to do this job?
I still can’t believe the news that Brooke Hogan is coming to TNA as an executive. My initial thought was, are they trying to lose the locker room? A lot of people can share their opinions but I have spoken firsthand with wrestlers under contract in TNA and can confirm that many are not on the Hulk Hogan/Eric Bischoff bandwagon. The feeling is the company has changed to appease these individuals and it’s not what it used to be. We can sugarcoat it to death but the fact is Brooke Hogan is not qualified for this position. Brooke is being hired because she is Hulk’s daughter, much like Garett Bischoff is being pushed because he’s Eric’s son. It isn’t fair, it undermines the hard work of all those that have been with TNA since day one and is a very troubling sign in how Dixie Carter can be manipulated to think these are “good” moves.
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